The purpose of this project is to design a comprehensive website for parents, teachers, and students on Orthopedic Impairments.
Reason for choosing topic/Why is it of interest and importance?
During my classroom observations as a student teacher, I noticed that there were several students with orthopedic impairments. Furthermore, my mother is an elementary special education teacher. She frequently has students with orthopedic impairments. A comprehensive website will be a highly convenient and helpful resource for parents, students, and teachers. -Thomas Rhodes
In March of 2012, I severely broke my leg in two places. During my six months of recovery, I faced daily challenges with my extremely limited mobility and the lack of accommodations made for handicapped individuals in public places. When I finally began attending class again, I was extremely overwhelmed with how difficult it was to get from class to class or even room to room and to navigate the buildings and sidewalks at UNC. This personal experience opened my eyes to the difficulties of those living with orthopedic impairments and has made me passionate to help others with impairments, especially in the school setting. -Kay Cee Butcher
Growing up with a sister with both an intellectual disability and an orthopedic impairment, I have a very personal understanding of how difficult it can be for people with disabilities to access public spaces. My reason for choosing this topic is the hope that some of these challenges can be eliminated in our public schools by encouraging teachers to make accommodations that will help students with orthopedic impairments feel more comfortable in their classrooms.
Like several disabilities in this nation, people with orthopedic impairments face many challenges in public and specifically the school systems. Several school systems, including my high school lacked orthopedic impairment friendly facilities. The goal of this website is to stimulate knowledge and awareness of challenges that students with orthopedic impairments may face daily in their classrooms. We hope to help students and teachers with older facilities learn how to cope with inferior facilities. -Jeremy Sanders
As an undergraduate at UNC-CH, I began to advocate social justice through equal access for all. I was appalled during my Sophomore year, when I found out that there are dormitories such as Grimes and school buildings without equal accessibility to all floors. As someone who is a proud tar heel I want for everyone to feel welcome on this campus! If we learn how to cope with these sort of impairments, we can create a more cohesive, trusting classroom culture! -Brian Heim